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Thomas Bloodworth; Frederick Lewis, Prince of Wales

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Thomas Bloodworth; Frederick Lewis, Prince of Wales, by Bartholomew Dandridge, circa 1732 - NPG 1164 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Thomas Bloodworth; Frederick Lewis, Prince of Wales

by Bartholomew Dandridge
oil on canvas, circa 1732
48 1/2 in. x 39 1/2 in. (1232 mm x 1003 mm)
Purchased, 1898
Primary Collection
NPG 1164

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The Prince of Wales is pictured here with an attendant, possibly his groom of the bedchamber, Captain Thomas Bloodworth. More detailed information on this portrait is available in a National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue, John Kerslake's Early Georgian Portraits (1977, out of print).

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Secession Church formed in Scotland. Widespread fraud and abuses in the customs service revealed. Prime Minister Robert Walpole responds with the Excise scheme, under which the tariff on wine and tobacco is to be replaced by an excise tax. British Hat Act limits manufacturing in the British colonies, forcing colonists to buy imported British-made goods.

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Frederick, Prince of Wales attends a fancy-dress ball at Vauxhall Gardens, initiating its supremacy as London's most fashionable meeting place. William Hogarth produces the first prints of A Harlot's Progress, having completed the painted series the previous year. The original Covent Garden Theatre Royal (now the Royal Opera House) opens.


Austrian composer Franz Joseph Haydn is born. Georgia in the American colonies is granted to a group of British philanthropists, to give debtors a new start in life.

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